Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about the app and how to use it
Sharing items with the app, specifically by means of a depot is always ideal when people already know and meet each other. Typical examples of this are: sports clubs, schools, kindergartens, families, friends, colleagues, fellow students, parishes, neighbors, districts, quarters, blocks of flats, etc. Regular encounters make it easy to hand over things. The existing social fabric ensures that objects are treated properly. After all, nobody wants to be known among acquaintances for not handling borrowed things sensibly.
A depot is a protected area in the cloud for managing things and the people who have access to them. You can think of depots as "virtual warehouses" because the items are neatly listed in the cloud - like on the shelves of a real warehouse - but in reality they are of course still with the owners. Anyone can create accounts. You can define the visibility of things and the access of people to the depot. This way you can control the size of your depot and the privacy of its users, the depot members. As a member of a depot, you decide with the help of offers, which things you share when and in what way with other depot members. Or you use things from other members yourself by booking their offers.
Via the visibility of a depot you determine the access of depot members and the visibility of the things in it, more precisely the offersthat the depot members create. You select this setting when creating a new depot. You can change this setting until the first member has joined your depot. After that, not anymore. You can choose from these three visibility settings:
|Depot Visibility||Visibility of offers||Access for members|
|private||Things are only visible to members here||You can only become a Depot member by invitation|
|semi-public||Things are publicly visible||You can only become a depot member upon request with confirmation|
|public||Things are publicly visible||You can become a depot member by simply registering yourself|
Private depots are the best solution if the members of a depot want or should keep to themselves. From the outside, neither the depot itself nor the things offered in it are visible to outsiders. Only depot members can see them. This could be the depot of a school class, for example. Children can lend toys, books, DVDs and clothes to each other here. When a parent or teacher opens the depot, that person determines who receives an invitation. The room in which the children act is protected.
Semi-public depots are suitable if you want to address a larger and at the same time predetermined group of people as depot members. The depot itself and the offers published in it are visible to the outside world. So the offers advertise the depot. Outsiders can then apply for Depot membership. The owner of the depot then decides on the admission of a member in each individual case. For example, if the residents of a village community want to share garden equipment, tools, etc., they will only accept applications from residents of the village. Other applications are rejected because the depot description states that the depot is only intended for villagers.
Public depots are useful if many people are to be addressed for the use of things without any restrictions. Here, too, both the depot itself and all the offers in it are publicly visible. If you are interested in accepting an offer, simply register as a member of the depot. Membership is effective immediately. There are no exams. This is useful, for example, for an organisation that offers cargo bikes for rent in the city and wants to reach many customers. The bookings for the cargo bikes are then made via the app.
You can use the app without opening a depot yourself. The prerequisite is that you have been invited to a private depot or joined a semi-public or public depot. Then you can see the things that are offered there, and book them.Of course, if the depot provides for this, you can also offer things yourself.But you don't have to do that either. Many of our users use the app without operating their own depot or offering things themselves.
First, you select the items you want to share with others or keep permanently. You can then easily register these items with the app. Take a photo of the item, give it a name, and add a short description and the year it was built. That's it. Your item is now part of what we call THE OTHER INTERNET OF THINGS and you can share it with the members of the depots you belong to.
If you want to win others over to Kleine Tat, you can order Kleine Tat-tags and label your things with them. This way, others will become aware of our initiative for change towards sustainable action. The tags also make the app easier to use, because scanning a QR code will take you and other users to the item's offers in a flash. But again, you don't have to order tags. The app works without them, too.
As a member of a depot, by creating offers you decide which things you share with the other depot members, when and in what way. From the list of your available things you select the item you want to share with others and create an offer for it. An offer is always valid only for a previously selected depot. You describe the period in which your offer is valid and whether you offer free of charge (lend) or for a daily fee (rent). Of course, you can offer the same item in different depots at the same time, even at different conditions. A calendar gives you and the interested parties a quick overview of the availability of the offered item.
By clicking on an offer and booking the item. To do this, you must be a member of the depot for which the offer was created. If this is the case, you first create a request for the item, specifying the day or period when you need the item. This is done quickly with a few clicks. You can also send a short message to the owner via messenger and promote your request or suggest details for the transaction.
With each booking, an individual chat is opened in our messenger, which connects you with the owner. In the chat you will see, among other things, the current status of your booking. You can also use the chat to agree on the details of the transaction. For example, when you can pick up or return the item. The chat will still be open when you finally use the item, so you can quickly ask a question about its operation. Once the item is returned, you can archive the booking and the chat will be closed.
At the moment this is not planned. Please discuss beforehand how you will deal with damages. For example, by agreeing in the depot community to repair them together. Even if this happens only very rarely, you can also use the app to be prepared for such cases. For example, if you share a car trailer with 10 families, you each pay $3 per use (= rent). With that you pay the inspection, the car insurance, due repairs and the said damages as well as useful extensions and wear and tear. If there is money left over, you can consider sharing other things or you can celebrate your contribution to environmental and climate protection with a small depot party because a few trailers have not been produced because of you.
Questions about Kleine Tat
Today, the effects of our growth, consumption and profit-oriented lives are no longer abstract, but can be experienced by everyone as weather, environmental and natural phenomena. With our solutions, we are giving millions of people back control over the very small things in our everyday lives that make a big difference. For society, this is a giant step forward; for each individual, it's just a "small deed".
You can buy Kleine Tat tags directly from us through our store. There are a variety of tags. They differ primarily in the way they are attached to an item. The simplest tags are very durable stickers that cost only pennies. We will continue to expand the range of tags we offer. As the app becomes more widespread, you will then be able to buy Kleine Tat tags at service outlets such as repair shops and at designated institutions in your city.
Our main revenue is selling Kleine Tat tags that you can use to label your things. These are tiny sums, but the potential is huge because we surround ourselves with so many things these days. We also receive royalties from companies that use our app. These fees are also comparatively small. That's because we want a lot of companies to use the app so that we can maximize the environmental and climate contribution together.
Once we have established the planned foundation, donations will be added. This income belongs to the foundation and is mainly used for specific projects. In this way, we increase the number of participants and obtain more solutions for the transformation to future-proof action.
We recommend that younger and less experienced children use private depots, since these are not visible to the public or accessible to strangers. This way, sharing can be learned in a "protected atmosphere". Depending on their age, you either create depots for your child or you are directly involved if you think that your child should do it themselves. Do the same with accepting invitations and sending applications to depots. Agree with your daughter or son that you will be informed regularly about activities in Kleine Tat. That way, you'll have control over who your child surrounds himself or herself with. As your child gets older and more experienced, he or she will be able to act on their own.